Jim Craigie Center for Joint Replacement Earns Joint Commission's Gold Seal®

Nov 21, 2013

Princeton HealthCare System (PHCS) has received The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for the care provided in the new Jim Craigie Center for Joint Replacement at University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro (UMCPP).

The certification, which applies to both knee and hip replacement procedures, was awarded following a rigorous on-site review. Certification requirements address three core areas: compliance with consensus-based standards; effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.

“We voluntarily sought certification to gain an independent, expert evaluation,” said PHCS President and CEO Barry S. Rabner. “The Joint Commission literally wrote the book on healthcare quality and safety. And as part of this certification, we are committed to continuously monitoring and improving the quality of care we provide.”

The center, which opened to patients on November 4, was named to acknowledge a generous gift from Jim Craigie, CEO of Church & Dwight Co., who had both hips replaced at the former University Medical Center at Princeton. He was so pleased with his care that he made the donation to honor his surgeon, W. Thomas Gutowski, MD, FAAOS, chief of orthopaedic surgery for PHCS.

Dr. Gutowski also serves as Medical Director of the Jim Craigie Center for Joint Replacement, which offers the latest minimally invasive procedures, research-based clinical protocols and a thorough program of pre- and post-operative care for patients receiving total knee or total hip replacements.

Patients receive care from highly experienced, board certified orthopaedic surgeons and anesthesiologists who are supported by specially trained staff, including nurse anesthetists, hospitalists, orthopaedic-certified nurses, physical and occupational therapists and specialized technicians.

For more information about the Jim Craigie Center for Joint Replacement at UMCPP, visit

Certification for the new center is separate from Joint Commission accreditation of PHCS’ programs, including UMCPP, Princeton House Behavioral Health and Princeton HomeCare. Last month, for the third year in a row, The Joint Commission named PHCS a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® to recognize exemplary performance related to heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.

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